The embarrassing secret Ma’a Nonu kept from Jonah Lomu

 All Blacks legend Ma’a Nonu has revealed he was scared to confess his parking mistake to Jonah Lomu he kept it a secret for nine long months.

“When I made the Hurricanes, he [Lomu] looked after me a lot. I used to drive my dad’s van to Hurricanes training, and one particular day he asked me, ‘How did you get here?’


I said, ‘In my dad’s van’ and he said, ‘How’s your dad getting to work?’

Lomu was having none of that and lent Nonu one of his cars.

But on the first day he had use of it, Nonu managed to scratch it.

“I couldn’t park it on the road, so when I tried to turn the car around I actually scraped the next-door neighbour’s brick fence. I thought, ‘Ah, bro’. I didn’t tell him, I didn’t tell anyone.”

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“I used to drive to training early and park in the bush. This was back in 2003. It took me nine months to build up the courage…I rung him and I was like, ‘Big guy, I’ve got to tell you something. I crashed your car’,” Nonu told BBC Sport’s Scrum V podcast.

“He was like, ‘Don’t worry about it’. It was a massive weight off my shoulders. I just wish I had told him earlier,” Nonu said.

5 of the worst rugby stadiums in the world – Premiership, Six Nations & more

We’ve picked out five stadia from Britain and across the globe which have their issues.

Take a look, below, and let us know which rugby grounds you dislike and why…

1. AJ Bell Stadium

In five words or less: Archetypal 21st century ground

Most recent visit: 2019

Best feature: Good shop for merchandise

Worst feature: You pay £10 to park in a massive puddle in the mud before being penned in for almost an hour post match!

Quirk factor: 0/5

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